UK artist albums on 15-year high

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) say that British artists accounted for 52.7% of the overall UK artist album market in 2011 – a 15-year high and up from 2010’s tally of 48.9%.

Even without Adele’s amazing success with her album 21, British artists would still have accumulated their biggest share of the market since 2007 with albums from Coldplay, Jessie J, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and Olly Murs all selling between 500,000 and one million copies during the year.

In the UK singles market, British acts increased their overall share to 42.6% in 2011, with big selling tracks from Adele, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran helping to achieve the best domestic performance since 2009.

The figures come from the BPI’s analysis of data from the Official Charts Company.

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